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Aug 28, 2019 Val McDermid
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Val McDermid's "Dead" series of comedy crime dramas have thus far been great fun. Sadly for me, this the last of the planned series suggests that the writer's heart had gone out of the series. Alma and Jo are called in to investigate a dead race horse, soon to be followed by a dead jockey - or is it the stable lad? The plot goes through the motions, but has to rely upon the arrival of a baby on Alma & Jo's doorstep- an even t which feels like a device simply to fill the time - and...
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Topics: BBC Radio DRama, Comedy Crime Drama
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Aug 12, 2019 Victor Pemberton
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Originally a 7 part series, this file has at some stage been made into a single file. The south east of England is rocked by a massive earthquake, and a new town - controlled by a powerful businessman is particularly affected. Roads break open and a strange mud flow erupts. But soon it becomes apparent that the mud has strange powers..... A very 1960's drama, with deferral to authority, the subsidiary role of women characters, etc.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Radio Sci Fi
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Aug 12, 2019 Patrick Carroll
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HIstorical drama set against the creation of the world's first police force in London in 1830.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Drama
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Aug 12, 2019 Nigel Baldwin
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In the 1980s there was a campaign of burning holiday cottages in North Wales. This crime drama combines cottage burning with political corruption. The Welsh accents could be clearer - or maybe it's my ears?
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Crime Thriller
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Aug 8, 2019 Val McDermid
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As requested, I've now tracked down the "missing" programmes from Val McDermid's "Dead" series, though in this case, the "omnibus" version. Thanks to the person who sent this to me.The other dramas featuring these characters have been uploaded previously. The Cecil Rhodes Professor of Geography at an old established (but un-named) university has been found dead, bludgeoned with a 1930s globe. Alma and Jason have a bet around how quickly Alma can solve the murder....
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Crime Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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Jul 19, 2019 Chrissie Gittins
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Play based upon the "Black Widows of Liverpool" case of the 1880s. Irish sisters Catherine Flanagan and Margaret Higgins were hanged in 1884 for the murder of Margaret's husband Thomas, after they had taken out various life assurance policies on him. It is suspected that they murdered other members of their families and possibly up to 17 people. It is also suspected that they encouraged other murders using the same modus operandi, though this was never fully investigated.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Crime Drama, Factual Drama
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Jul 7, 2019 Ian Fleming
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1954 and James Bond is sent to the USA to track down who is behind using 17th century pirate gold to support a Russian spy ring in New York.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller
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Jul 7, 2019 Neil MacGregor
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British Museum Director Neil MacGregor repearts the format used in his "History of the World in 100 Objects" by taking 20 diverse objects which reflect the era in which Shakespearte lived. As with his previous series, his presentation is rather dry and academic.
Topic: BBC Radio Documentary
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Jul 7, 2019 Dominic Sandbrook
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A somewhat ponderous history of the British Post Office, from the 17th century "secret room" to the era of privatisation of pf the Royal Mail.
Topic: BBC Radio Documentary
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Jun 30, 2019 Martin Jameson
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The Fletcher family are just trying to love and look after each other at their home "until everything settles down". With their daughter's wedding coming up, they haven't got time for politics. But as the UK dissolves into conflict, organising the big day is getting more and more impossible. Personally, I preferred "The Death of Grass"as a picture of civil breakdown in the UK, see here:  https://archive.org/details/DeathOfGrassThe
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Jun 30, 2019 Alan Gilbey & David Richard-Fox;
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Although written as a story for children, the series has some good jokes. a 5 feet high scientist mouse from a million years hence creates a time machine motor-cycle and escapes back to the late 1990s. Naturally, he is pursued by an 8 feet tall psychopathic killer rabbit, on another time travelling motor-cycle, and enlists the assistance of three semi-feral children and the young Horatio Nelson to change the course of human history.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama, Radio Sci Fi
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Jun 30, 2019 Nick Perry
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It is said that the Roosevelt was angered that the 1943 Oscar nominated, British propaganda documentary "Desert Victory" did not show the US involvement in the North Africa campaign. He thus ordered that a film be made of the American campaign in Italy, resulting in the 1945 film "The Battle of San Pietro". Film director John Huston was ordered to make the film, along with British writer Eric Ambler. This play looks at the making of the film.
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Jun 29, 2019 Charlie Chaplin
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Ten part reading from Chaplin's 1960's autobiography. Although his book covers much of his life, this extract covers the period only as far as his departure for the USA with Fred Karno's troupe. I do not, and have never found Chaplin either funny or talented, but his description of his childhood, his mother's descent from modest affluence to abject poverty, her decline into insanity, his absent father's alcoholism and the desperate poverty he knew as a child are fascinating; there is no hint of...
Topics: BBC Radio Reading, Autobiography
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Jun 20, 2019 R D Wingfield
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A man's body is found under an open window. Sergeant Day is sent to investigate and decides the man fell while trying to climb into the open window of his house.Constable Hodges however, thinks it is murder. Wingfield's plays can be mixed - some good, some not. I leave others to decide what they think about both script and acting. Sound quality poor.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Crime Drama
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Jun 19, 2019 Laurie Lee
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5 part reading of Laurie Lee's sequel to "cider With Rosie", covering leaving home, living in London and finally walking through Spain, in the run up to the Civil War. A dramatised account of the tale can be found here:  https://archive.org/details/AsIWalkedOutOneMidsummerMorning The writing is quite magical and lyrical, as one would expect from a poet, but Tobias Menzies reading does not do the words justice.
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Topics: BBC Radio Reading, Autobiography
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Jun 18, 2019 Eric Ambler
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Two part, ponderous and slow dramatisation of Eric Ambler;s 1938 novel. As clouds of war gather over Europe, Josef Vadassy, a Hungarian refugee and language teacher, is enjoying his first break in years at a small hotel on the French Riviera. But when he takes his holiday photographs to be developed at the local chemists, sensitive images of the local military facility are discovered on his roll of film. Vadassy is accused of being an enemy agent and of espionage. To prove his innocence, he...
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller
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Jun 17, 2019 Richard Gordon
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The sequel to Doctor in the House. Sparrow has now qualified, but faces just as many mishaps.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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Jun 17, 2019 Richard Gordon
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Doctor in the House was a 1952 novel, later made into a film starring Dirk Bogarde and a late 1960's TV series. The book follows the exploits of medical student Simon Sparrow as he studies at the fictional St Swithun's Hospital. This 13 part radio series has Richard Briers as Simon Sparrow, Briers playing - Richard Briers, with rare exceptions, the only part he knew how to play. Of its time......
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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Jun 17, 2019 Jim Field Smith and Ben Willbond
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Series 2 of the submarine based comedy.
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Jun 17, 2019 Jim Field Smith and Ben Willbond
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Comedy, set on board HMS Goliath, a 55,000-tonne nuclear stealth submarine, cram-packed with incompetence, ambition and military know-not-how. Like all BBC Radio comedy, a matter of what each of us finds funny.
Topic: BBC Radio Comedy
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Jun 17, 2019 Sophie Hannah
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Three "chilling" short stories: The Octopus Nest:  Claire and Timothy wonder why a strange woman is appearing in their family photos. Friendly Amid the Haters:  A woman asks a joiner to re-hang some doors, but his response is frightening.  You Are a Gongedip:  William's day is interrupted by an irate woman, with unexpected vengeful results.
Topic: BBC Radio REading
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Jun 17, 2019 J G Ballard
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A young couple are on holiday in the Canary Islands. When the time comes to return home, they find that their flight has been delayed. At first, the extra holiday is wonderful, but the flight keeps getting put back.....
Topic: BBC Radio Reading
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Jun 17, 2019 Robert A Heinlein
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Reading of Heinlein's 1947 short story about Noisy" Rhysling, the blind space-going songwriter.
Topic: BBC Radio Reading
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Jun 17, 2019 Rudyard Kipling
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1925 and the well to do Helen is in France to visit the grave of her nephew Michael, killed on the Somme. But is all she tells others about Michael true? Short story by Rudyard Kipling, whose only son was killed in WW1.
Topic: BBC Radio Reading
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Jun 17, 2019 Hans Anderson
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A fir tree is so anxious to grow up, so anxious for greater things, that he cannot appreciate living in the moment.  Short story by 19th century writer Hans Anderson.
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Topic: BBC Radio Reading
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Jun 16, 2019 Michael Symmons Roberts;
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A British soldier fighting in Afghanistan is forced to go back through history to other battles, to understand the death of a comrade. A bit too weird for me.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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Jun 16, 2019 Alexander Dumas
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Four part dramatisation of the classic (though very long) tale of a wronged man seeking vengeance.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Adventure
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Jun 16, 2019 Ian Rankin
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Investigating the violent death of a North Sea oil worker in Edinburgh, Rebus uncovers a variety of possible motives. His inquiries take him from Edinburgh to Glasgow and Aberdeen before he finds his investigation overlapping with a major hunt for a serial killer who has struck in all three cities.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Crime Drama, Inspector Rebus
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Jun 16, 2019 Various
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Three playwrights write 3 plays inspired by three famous paintings, including one of my personal favourites "The Last of England" by Ford Maddox Brown. Unfortunately, I have yet to track down Series 1.
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Jun 16, 2019 Peter Lovesey
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Bertie (the Prince of Wales and later Edward VII) is in Paris, a city which holds many attractions for him, not least the actress Sarah Bernhardt. It is the divine Sarah who informs him of a recent murder on the dance floor of the Moulin Rouge as the cabaret reached its climax. Bertie can never resist demonstrating his sleuthing skills and he rashly co-opts Bernhardt as his assistant. When the French police make an arrest, Bertie is on the point of quitting Paris and abandoning the case....
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Crime Drama
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Jun 16, 2019 Barry Grossman
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Six interlinked "comedy" dramas that do what it says on the tin. In the hands of say Roy Hudd and his writing team, the idea has great comic potential, but for me, the comedy falls very flat.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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Jun 15, 2019 Dino Buzzatti.
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Giovanni Corte is admitted to a hospital with a difference: it has seven floors, with patients housed on each storey according to the severity of their condition. 
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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Jun 15, 2019 Pat Davis
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As Kate is about to give birth to her first baby she finally comes to terms with the abuse she suffered as a child.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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Jun 15, 2019 Robert Glendinning
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Drama exploring the remarkable post-war friendship that developed between Nazi war criminal Herbert Kappler and Vatican priest, Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty - the man Kappler had so often tried to assassinate during the war. For more about this remarkable pair, see:  https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/faith-and-character/faith-and-character/herbert-kappler.html
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama, Afternoon Play
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Jun 15, 2019 Melissa Murray;
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In 1826 Coleridge's daughter stopped off on a coach journey to London and, on the spur of the moment, decided to stay on in her inn room indefinitely, leaving her husband and children to fend for themselves. She had very good reasons for this extraordinary decision - one being a desperate hope that she could cure herself of the addiction that had so blighted her father's life.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Biographical Drama, Afternoon Play
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Jun 14, 2019 Arthur C Clarke
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Two part dramatisation of the Arthur C Clarke novel.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Radio Sci Fi
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Jun 14, 2019 Sheila Hodgson
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When devious Dennis Vyner's financial empire collapses, there's only one thing left to do - disappear, and fast. He hits on an amazing and outrageously simple plan ... to go on a luxury cruise with the help of his wife .......and girlfriend!
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama, Saturday Night Theatre
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Jun 12, 2019 Carol Shields
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Five part dramatisation of the 1993 Canadian novel, the fictional autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett, a seemingly ordinary woman whose life is marked by death and loss from the beginning, when her mother dies during childbirth. Through marriage and motherhood, Daisy struggles to find contentment, never truly understanding her life's true purpose.
Topic: Radio Drama
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Jun 12, 2019 Edwin Pearce
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The English FA Cup is one of the world's premier soccer trophies. The original FA Cup however was stolen in 1895 from the window of a sports shop in Birmingham and was never recovered. The identity of the thief remains unknown, though a career petty criminal claimed in the late 1950s to be the thief. In this drama, Aston Villa fan Wilf Rickard keeps getting himself into trouble, fighting with supporters of the local rival team, West Bromwich Albion. After he's unsuccessful in trials for his...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Saturday Night Theatre
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Jun 11, 2019 Marty Ross
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Five part radio sci fi thriller. A Scottish village appears to have survived an asteroid strike, but not is all as it seems......
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Radio Sci Fi
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Jun 11, 2019 Katie Hims
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Five short dramas on the theme of weddings - and wedding dresses!
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Jun 11, 2019 Michael Duke
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Three individual plays, based on these: Faith:  Mairi has fallen in love with the man downstairs. The only trouble is, she's never actually met him - it's only his singing in the shower that's set her lonely heart pounding. Mairi never loses faith that he's the one for her. But her friends think she's losing the plot- and her friends may well be right. Hope:   Vincent's willingness to talk about his painful experience of the Troubles in Northern Ireland has made him into a media celebrity...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Jun 11, 2019 Sara Paetsky
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6 part dramatisation of the novel featuring Chicago Private Eye V.I. Warshawski. V.I. Warshawski knows her friend Consuelo’s pregnancy is already risky—she’s sixteen and diabetic—but when the baby arrives prematurely, suddenly two lives are at stake. Despite V.I.’s efforts to provide Consuelo with proper care, both mother and daughter die in the local hospital. Suspecting malpractice, V. I. begins an investigation—and a reluctant romance with an ER doctor. But deadly complications...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Crime Drama
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Jun 11, 2019 Various
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Four radio plays written by four different authors for veteran actress Maureen Lipman. Three Journeys: Maureen Lipman & Jasper Britton play a mother and son who've always had a special relationship; although not stated, he is clearly an adult child with"special needs". Now she needs to persuade him it's time to strike out on his own. She has three journeys to do it in. By far the best of the 4 pieces in my opinion. Five Lessons:  Nigella Smith is no ordinary piano student. Can...
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Jun 11, 2019 J G Ballard
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Reading of the J G Ballard short story, set in a world where everybody has unlimited free time.
Topic: BBC Radio Reading
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Jun 11, 2019 John Buchan
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Ten part reading of the John Buchan novel. Sir Edward Leithen is diagnosed with advanced tuberculosis and given a year to live. While he is deciding how to spend his remaining days, an American associate, John S. Blenkiron, requests help to find his niece's husband, Francis Galliard, who has disappeared from his very successful financial career in New York and fled to Canada. Leithen follows Galliard to Quebec. During this he finds a mountain meadow he had seen on a trip thirty years earlier...
Topic: BBC Radio Reading
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Jun 11, 2019 Joseph Crilly;
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Everyone believes that Donna married Gary for his money. But the strength of their marriage is tested when Sean sets off a shocking chain of events.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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Jun 10, 2019 John Buchan
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Three part dramatisation of the final Richard Hannay novel. Many years earlier, Hannay had sworn to defend the interests of Marius Haraldsen, a wealthy Danish gold-prospector and expert in Norse lore, against a group of unscrupulous former business associates and assorted desperados. Hannay, Pienaar and fellow Englishman Lombard join Haraldsen at his camp on a Rhodesian plateau, and in a scene worthy of Rider Haggard, they beat off an attack on their hill-top redoubt with timely help from local...
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Adventure
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Jun 8, 2019 Rosemary Timperley
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A man can recall none of his life before he was 12 years old. He starts talking to a girl who invites him to her flat for a coffee. Only then does he realise that that this is the house he lived in until he was 12 years old, and the girl's flat, his bedroom........
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Jun 7, 2019 Jean Rhy
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Dramatisation of Jean Rhys' prequel to Jane Eyre.
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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Jun 7, 2019 Gary Bleasdale
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London, 1607: a penniless actor rushes drunkenly through the streets lamenting that his life is a failure. A failure made more painful because he is the youngest brother of the rather more successful William Shakespeare. 
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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Jun 3, 2019 Martin Jameson
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1956 and the Hungarian Uprising has been ruthlessly suppressed. Radio actor Bob Rodwell is attending an evening hosted by the pseudo-Communist British Hungarian Society, where he is to read some poetry by a Hungarian poet. During the evening, he  is handed a radio script by a mysterious stranger.......
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Saturday Play
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Jun 3, 2019 Carine Adler
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Intimate first-hand account of the final days of Marie Antoinette, staring Lily Loveless as young prison maid, Rosalie Lamoriere, who forms a strong bond with the tragic queen, played by Laure Stockley. Rosalie worked in the Conciergerie Prison kitchens, shared with soldiers and guards drinking, eating and laughing raucously over the pornographic pamphlets they pass around. The pamphlet shows Marie Antoinette, legs akimbo, masturbating on a chaise longue and having sex with a pageboy. Everyone...
Topics: BBC Radio DRama, Biographical Drama
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May 30, 2019 Patrick Carroll
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A tradesman unearths an exquisite silver box with its valuable trinkets and wonders what to do with them.
Topic: BBC Radio Reading
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May 30, 2019 Georgia Pritchett
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Lonely Lizzie runs a dog kennels.Her teenage daughter is aiming for sainthood. Tim the kennels handyman strives daily to avoid the small calamities that seem to seek him out. But romance is in the air when the new doctor arrives...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama, Afternoon Play
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May 30, 2019 Lance Woodman
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A young man sets out to make a living as a travelling photographer in the Worcestershire countryside. He meets a variety of characters including a pioneering aviator, a newspaper proprietor and a little girl who teaches him a great deal about the true nature of photography.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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May 26, 2019 David Constantine
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Summer, 1802. Traumatised Ludwig van Beethoven's life is at crisis point - will he be able to live with his impending deafness? David Constantine's drama recreates this critical of the German composer and pianist's life, set against a background of the music he was composing at the time.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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May 26, 2019 Roy Apps
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Posh MP's wife Eleanor Prendergast gets up to dodgy scams when her husband is imprisoned.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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May 26, 2019 Sarah Daniels
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When a young woman decides to write a play about the founder of the National Trust, it leads her to discover secrets about her own family.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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May 26, 2019 Alison Neil
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It is December 1968, and Richmal Crompton, author of the `William' stories, is driving in fog a few weeks before her death. She nearly hits a child, who, although flesh and blood, appears to be William, her fictional creation.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Biographical Drama, Afternoon Play
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May 26, 2019 Vayu Naidu;
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Installation artist Anju Malik is preparing for her first exhibition, which previews on Christmas Eve. The family are arriving to celebrate, but not all of them are happy with what she is doing.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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May 26, 2019 Mike Walker
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The Pride and the Passion is Hollywood's 1957 adaptation of The Gun, by C S Forester. It's set in Spain during the Napoleonic wars and tells the story of Captain Anthony Trumbull, played by Cary Grant, a British military officer, who is ordered to retrieve an enormous cannon and transport it across Spain to the British lines, where it will be used to attack the French garrison at Avila. Guerrilla leader Miguel, played by Frank Sinatra, agrees to help, even though he despises the Englishman, and...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Saturday Play
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May 26, 2019 Ronald Frame
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The story of Greyfriars Bobby is well known, but in case you've never heard of it, see here:  https://scotlandwelcomesyou.com/greyfriars-bobby/ In this play, Ronald Frame follows the fortunes of John Gray and his dog, Bobby. With petty thieves on the High Street and house breakers at work in both the Old and New Town area of the city, the new recruits have their work cut out.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Saturday Play
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May 25, 2019
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From the mid 1950s until well into the 1960s, the BBC produced many series of Sherlock Holmes stories featuring Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley, the former sounding to me more like a peevish old man than a great detective. The BBC has recently been rebroadcasting many, and others are on YT, but herewith a selection of my own.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Sherlock Holmes
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May 24, 2019 Hattie Naylor
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Two plays by Hattie Naylor, looking at the impacts of China's (now abandoned) one child policy.
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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May 24, 2019 Various
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Six part drama series about the legend of King Arthur, set over many years.Some will enjoy, others think it twaddle......
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Fantasy
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May 23, 2019 Mike Walker
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1) The Best of Mothers:  Emperor Nero was a thwarted artist who hated violence and was only brought down for transgressing the Roman code of gravitas.  2) The Glass Ball Game:  The historian Suetonius is drawn into Hadrian's private life when he befriends the Emperor's young lover, Antinous, and travels with them into the heart of Egypt. 3) Citizens In A Great City:  Young Commodus buckles under the expectations put upon him by his father, the philosopher emperor Marcus Aurelius.Septimus...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Drama, Biographical Drama
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May 23, 2019 Mike Walker
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Three plays by Mike Walker, cased upon Suetonius classic work, The Twelve Caesars. 1) Meeting At Formiae:  Julius Caesar makes an undercover visit to Senate leaders Cicero and Cato in order to gather support forthe shake-up of Roman politics that would eventually lead to his supreme rule. 2) The Arena:  Octavian was just nineteen when Julius Caesar was killed. As Caesar's appointed heir, he had some formidable adversaries, including Mark Anthony, but his political skill was unparalleled....
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Drama, Biographical Drama
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May 22, 2019 Ron Hutchinson
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5 part drama, based on the sinking of the Titanic. A young woman is in New York, looking for news of her fiance, a musician on board the Titanic. She meets up with a journalist who believes the Titanic was not sunk by an iceberg, rather because the ship was badly designed and set sail with a fire in its fuel bunker(!!) Others though are keen to prevent the pair discovering the truth. A silly plot and irritating basic errors, such as calling Bruce Ismay "Lord Ismay", but some will...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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May 22, 2019 Matthew Solon
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In 2015, before Brexit, Europe was gripped as Greece and its creditors argued over the terms of a bailout. The fate of nations - and perhaps the whole European project - was held in the hands of just a few people. They met behind closed doors. There, in secrecy, they took each other, and all of us, to the very edge of the abyss. How long ago that now seems, in this era of Brexit......
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama, Afternoon Play
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May 22, 2019 Julie Mayhew
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Dramatisation of the novel. May 1749. Grainger's travelling fair develops an astonishing new act, care of Sebastian Fox and his 'electrickery'. In the courtyard of a country tavern, Mr Francis P Grainger displays the wonders of his menagerie - animal and human. Mim is the illegitimate daughter of an aristocratic lady and her black slave, and she's been raised by Grainger since she was a baby. But now her mistress, Hildy 'the Hog-Faced Lady', has run away to London, Mim needs to find her own act.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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May 22, 2019 Roy Smiles
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The 1961 show "Beyond the Fringe" launched the 1960s satire revolution. But how did it all begin?
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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May 22, 2019 Matt Hartley
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A disgruntled customer, driven to despair by his internet service provider, takes matters into his own hands by confronting the staff at its call centre. Very quickly, events spiral out of his control.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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May 22, 2019 Sebastian Baczkiewicz;
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Heathrow is Europe's busiest airport with 190,000 visitors each day. It is also the setting of a conspicuously large number of ghost stories. On Runway 1 there have been recurring sightings of a wandering man wearing a pin-striped suit and bowler hat, dating back to the 1948 DCS Dakota plane crash, Heathrow's first major air incident. Based on original research interviews, Ghosts of Heathrow draws on this and other pieces of local folklore to create a psychic adventure set in and around the...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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May 22, 2019 James Graham
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In 2014, Scotland voted against independence from the rest of the United Kingdom. But what if the vote had gone the other way? This play imagines a meeting between (then) Prime Minister David Cameron and (then) Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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May 21, 2019 Paul Marquess and Sally Tatchell;
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New recruit Scott can't wait to lock up some bad guys. Fresh out of police training college, he is a little frustrated to be puppy-walked by a female officer. Not that Scott is sexist or a misogynist (he loves his girlfriend and adores his mum), it's just that he craves the company and approval of other guys. He also suffers from White Knight syndrome and has a tendency to see women as damsels in distress. You see, when Scott was twelve, his dad died saving a family in a horrific motorway...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 15 Minute Theatre
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May 21, 2019 Arthur Conan Doyle
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In 1954, the BBC for the first time dramatised 19 Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories, choosing the illustrious pairing of Sir John Gielgud as Holmes and Sir Ralph Richardson as Watson.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Sherlock Holmes
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May 21, 2019 Various
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Between 1939 & 1946, Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce made literally hundreds of radio appearances as Holmes & Watson. My collection contains just some.
Topics: Radio Drama, Sherlock Holmes
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May 21, 2019 Various
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In 1946, having played Sherlock Holmes for 7 years, Basil Rathbone decided to step down to concentrate on theatre work. The "New Adventures" series continued with Nigel Bruce as Watson (he got top billing) and Tom Conway as Holmes. Conway was not popularand was subsequently replaced by Stanley & Shirley.
Topics: Radio Drama, Sherlock Holmes
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May 21, 2019 Arthur Conan Doyle
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Richard (Dick) Gordon was the first actor to regularly play Holmes on radio. These two examples date from 1931 & 1933.
Topics: Radio Drama, Sherlock Holmes
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May 21, 2019 Various
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Between 1934 and 1936 American actor made a number of radio appearances as Sherlock Holmes. Most seem to have disappeared, but I have tracked down a very few.
Topics: Radio Drama, Sherlock Holmes
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May 21, 2019 Various
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For American Radio's 1949 series of Sherlock Holmes stories - only three of which are originals - George Shelton played Holmes and Ian Martin Watson.
Topics: Radio Drama, Sherlock Holmes
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May 20, 2019 Various
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Between 1947 and 1949, John Stanley appeared in a number of Sherlock Holmes stories, "The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" a few based on the original canon, but most new creations.  Herewith the bulk of these programmes.
Topics: Radio Drama, Sherlock Holmes
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May 20, 2019 Arthur Conan Doyle
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A 1959 dramatisation, with Richard Hurndall (who in 1983 appeared in Doctor Who, playing the late William Hartnell) as Holmes and Bryan Coleman as Watson.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Sherlock Holmes
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May 20, 2019 Denis Green
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Between 1930 and 1950, American radio networks broadcast many series of both adapted original Sherlock Holmes stories and original stories. Between 1949 the British actor Ben Wright played Holmes and Eric Snowden Watson. It appears that all copies of this series have disappeared save one episode "The Duke of Holywell".
Topics: Radio Drama, Crime Drama
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May 20, 2019
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A British admiral put too much into his diaries and some of it was inflammatory enough to start wars. They have gone missing and Gregory Keen must get them back.
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Topics: Radio Drama, Adventure
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May 20, 2019
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The second in the Major Keen series. Felix Huberman is an official with Australian federal law enforcement who is also the chief lieutenant of Carla Mingione who is trying to get organised crime established in Sidney. Keen is sent by MI5 because of the disappearance of scientist Bruno Kesselring who is feared to have defected to the Russians, though this is largely forgotten through most of the serial as Keen finds himself trying to find the truth behind the Nightshade ring, believing it will...
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Topics: Radio Drama, Adventure
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May 19, 2019
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This is the first of the Major Keen series. An International criminal known as Dumetrius comes to London from occupied Berlin. However, MI-5 discovers that he committed a murder in killing an officer in Berlin. Dumetrius seeks to kill off anyone who saw him on the flight other than his confederates and collect one million pounds of stolen Nazi loot.
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Topics: Radio Drama, Adventure
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May 19, 2019
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Two Roads to Samarra was a radio serial produced in Australia, some time in the 1950s I suspect. It is the fourth series concerning MI5 agent Major Keen. Major Keen is heading to the Scottish Highlands for a deer stalking excursion. The holiday is cut short however when he finds himself embroiled with a group of Soviet assassins who are intent on getting their hands on an oil magnate’s beautiful daughter and his financial empire.  Strap on your stiffest upper lip, practice your upper cut to...
Topics: Radio Drama, Adventure
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May 19, 2019 Richard Waring
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Series 2 of this Richard Briers vehicle.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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May 19, 2019 Richard Waring
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Marriage lines started life as a TV comedy vehicle for Richard Briers, later being adapted for radio. Concerning the lives of two newly weds, Briers and Prunella Scales (later to be Sybil Fawlty), it can best be described as "of its time"........
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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May 18, 2019 Various
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The third and final series.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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May 18, 2019 Various
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Series 2 of the comedy series.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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May 18, 2019 Various
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These three series have a convoluted evolution, starting off as a book by Hentry Cecil, adapted in 1957 as a film, further adapted in 1962 by Frank Muir & Denis Norden as a TV series, and finally as a radio adaptation of the adapted TV Series.  Essentially a vehicle for Richard Briers, all three series follow the misadventures of junior Barrister Roger Thursby.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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May 18, 2019 Dorothy L Sayers
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Written by Dorothy L Sayers in the early 1940s, this is a 12 part cycle of plays on the life of Christ. Four different versions have been produced, this being 1967 World Service version.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Religious Drama
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May 18, 2019 Edith Nesbit
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Dramatisation of the children's fantasy novel. After Philip's older sister and sole family member Helen marries, he goes off to live with his new step sister Lucy. He has trouble adjusting at first, thrown into the world different from his previous life and abandoned by his sister while she is on her honeymoon. To entertain himself he builds a giant model city from things around the house: game pieces, books, blocks, bowls, etc. Then, through some magic, he finds himself inside the city, and it...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Fantasy Drama
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May 17, 2019 Molly Le Febure
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In the early years of the War, Molly Le Febure was secretary to the Home Office Pathologist, Keith Simpson, and with him attended the scene of many horrific murders. Simpson's autobiography "Forty Years of Murder" is much recommended. These five plays are based on Molly's autobiography, but the dramatisations are poor (in my opinion) and do not describe the cases in question.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama
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May 17, 2019 Turan Ali
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Not to be confused with the wonderful TV series by the late Victoria Wood, this six part comedy series is what it says on the tin, focussing on a group of school dinner ladies. Did not make it into a second series.......
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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May 16, 2019 Sandra D'Arcy;
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Spurred on by the recent riots in Oldham, a young Indian woman questions her grandmother about how their family first came to England. Reluctant at first, the grandmother finally recounts the story of Meena, a very young children's nurse, who had been brought to England at the end of the 19th century only to be shamefully abandoned on the quay-side by her employers.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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May 16, 2019 Louis Macneice
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Louis Macneice's poetic masterpiece Autumn Journal, written from August to December 1938 describes the poet's thoughts and feelings at the time, with echoes of WW1 and the looming shadow of WW2. It contains reportage, ethics, love poems, politics. MacNeice wrote to T.S Eliot "It is about everything which from first-hand experience I consider significant."
Topic: BBC Radio Drama